LYNN HAVEN, Fla, (WJHG/WECP) - Eighteen years ago on September 11, many lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. But their memories won't soon be forgotten.
Many locals gathered at Sharon Sheffield Park in Lynn Haven for the Remembrance and Recognition Ceremony honoring those who lost their lives 9/11/01. (WJHG/WECP)
"It's a day of remembrance, it's always a solemn day. It's difficult to believe that it's been 18 years since the attacks on New York City and our country," said Lynn Haven Mayor Margo Anderson.
"It was a tragic event, and the city is wanting to keep that memory alive, you know, we wanna remember those who gave all," said John Delonjay, Lynn Haven's Fire Chief.
At Sharon Sheffield Park in Lynn Haven, residents and others came to show their pride for America at the Remembrance and Recognition Ceremony.
"I do believe that 9/11 is all about freedom and I think instead of being sad and sorry today, maybe it would be a good idea to possibly go out and enjoy the sunset, go to the beach, and enjoy the freedom that we have," said Michelle Carter, who attended the ceremony.
While city leaders stood at the park's amphitheater and remembered the tragedy that happened on 9/11, they also took a moment to remember our own tragedy that happened here in the Panhandle: Hurricane Michael.
"The only difference is that we had warning, we had time to leave, we had time to reach for loved ones, time to say a prayer, the people of New York City who were attacked on that day... many of them never knew what happened, their lives were just taken so quickly," said Anderson.
Just like the many victims in New York City, Washington D.C., and the fields of Pennsylvania on September 11, the people of the Panhandle will also not be forgotten. And as a whole, our country will continue to grow stronger.
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